On the afternoon of Saturday, 28th January 60 Sisters gathered in the Mary Aikenhead Day Centre in Donnybrook to celebrate the annual New Year’s Party for our senior Sisters. The afternoon began with a creative Prayer Reflection led by Sr Lorraine McCarthy. This was followed by a delicious high tea which afforded time for old friends to chat and reminisce. Then the entertainment began...
On the 19th of January four postulants entered our Congregation in Nigeria and three weeks later, Sr Geraldine Hamukale, who had travelled to Nigeria for an International Formation Team meeting had the privilege of meeting them. She asked them what attracted them to religious life and in particular to our Congregation. When Geraldine returned to Zambia she asked two more sisters in formation the same question and here she shares all six responses.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster has agreed to become Patron of St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney. St Joseph’s, one of the oldest hospices in the UK, was founded by the Religious Sisters of Charity in 1905. They were invited to Hackney by the then Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vaughan, to help and care for the poor of East London who were dying in terrible conditions, mainly from tuberculosis.
Many of us give up something during Lent. We invite you to join with some of our sisters who are participating in a “carbon fast” which was sent to us by the Catholic Climate Covenant. The carbon fast helps us to take steps to reduce our carbon footprint. This Lenten Creation Care Calendar can assist you, your family, parish, school, or religious community be more mindful of the ways that our daily habits impact both “our common home” and those most impacted by our neglect.
The Tuesday Club provides an opportunity for elderly people in the Fairview/Marino area of Dublin who may have difficulty getting out and about to meet with friends and neighbours and take part in gentle exercise and other activities that support their health and wellbeing. Sr Margaret Ivers and other members of the Fairview and Marino Parishes have been instrumental in setting up and running the Tuesday Club, which operates entirely with the support of local volunteers.
Sr Brigid Kelly shares how the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was celebrated in her parish in Bebington in the NW of England. She explains how the focus of the week reflected on past and present events.
Every person can play a part in helping drive better outcomes for women. Through meaningful celebration and targeted bold action, we can all be responsive and responsible leaders in creating a more gender inclusive world. The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186. This is too long to wait....
TRAC UK (Trafficking, Advocacy and Campaigning to end sex trafficking) welcomes the news from the Republic of Ireland and applauds the government for the passage of the Criminal Law Bill (Sexual Offences) which decriminalises prostituted people and penalises the purchase of sex. Years of lobbying and campaigning by various bodies in Ireland has been successful ...
2016 marked a milestone for Sr Anne Marie Costelloe in July and for the October group of 1966, Sisters Marcella Cassells, Rita Dawson, Joanna Flannery, Sheila Geaney, Rosaleen Heslin, Barbara Kenny, Maria Kenny, Mary Kernan, Cecilia Marum, Rose O’Rourke and Mary Scanlan, as we came together to celebrate our Golden Jubilees.
“Mary Aikenhead, like Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a woman of choice not chance. A young woman who listened for what God was calling her to be and who responded in a way that made a huge difference in the world of others.“ These descriptors of Mary Aikenhead were among other characteristics about which April Honeyman, Principal of St Columba’s College Essendon spoke at the unveiling of the statue of Mary Aikenhead on November 21st 2016.
My final religious profession is a dream come true. A journey of nine years was accomplished on the 27th day of August, 2016. It is a day I will live to remember. The day was pleasantly bright and cool. The Eucharistic celebration began by 11am at the Archangels Parish, Satellite Town Lagos. The celebration was graced by 17 priests and about 70 women religious of different congregations.
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